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How do I write a resume?

What does it take to compose a resume? Which skills are relevant? What does the company want to see from me? What if I have no experience? communications resume resume-writing public-speaking interviewing-skills communication-skills job-application personal-development

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Kim’s Answer

Hi Vera!

First, if you are trying to start a professional career, you really need some experience, even if it is volunteer! You can include volunteer experience along with paid experience in the section titled: Experience.

Second, politely, I need to say, there are some differences in different parts of the world. In the US, most people have done away with using a "career objective." It's just a fancy way of saying that you want the job, and it is a waste of space. Also, do not put "references upon request", for the same reason. You need to sell yourself on the top one third of the page. Therefore, Education goes on the bottom (unless it is something like a Veterinary of Science degree). Why? Because everybody has one. Your challenge is to set yourself apart from "the pack." Same holds true even if it is a BA, as many people have those.

So, what DO you do? Nice heading, with Large Name, smaller e-mail address and phone number. Make sure your phone voice mail is professional, just like the email.
Then, SUMMARY OF QUALIFICATIONS. Write it LAST. Why? Because right now, you don't know what is great about YOU. You need to write the experience section first.
Then EXPERIENCE, which will include volunteer work.
Then CLUBS, HONORS, AWARDS or something like that.

What are they looking for? Dependability (example: showing up on time every day for practice)
Leadership/Responsibility: positions held, and What you Did in them (ROTC, etc)
An understanding of the purpose of business: MAKING MONEY

Once you understand the purpose of business, the rest falls into place.
Safety: accidents cost money
Customer Service: lost customers, bad word of mouth, poor internet ratings....
Speed and accuracy....
Regulatory compliance: fines cost money (carding beer purchasers)
Attention to detail....
COMPUTER SKILLS. Explain the level of ability that you have, don't just say "computer proficient"
Integrity: you don't give discounts to your friends

What if you have no experience? Now you have to think about different things you have done in your life, and how you can use them.
Did you coordinate a group project? Start a babysitting service, etc? List whatever you did, with the dates (month and year).

What about the summary of qualifications? Explain what skills you have to offer!

Great website will help you write the resume, and format it properly.
Best of luck!

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Sabyasachi’s Answer

First thing first. So you will be amazed to know that the average time a hiring manager spends to look at your resume is about 7 seconds only. And it is true. Only 7 seconds. Once the initial scan is done then they will see the other information. So you know it should only contain the very specific information about you and your competencies related to the responsibilities of the role you are applying for. It should be clean and concise and preferably not more than a page or two. As you have asked about a resume for no experience I will give you the details how to write it for a fresher.

So let's start. First at the top should be your full name. then your email address(it should be starting from your name and then some numbers@ something com please don't keep an email address with your dog's name or your favorite god's name) then your phone number.

The entire page should be aligned to the left.

Second the objective. because they want to know your future career path, your future goal or why you are applying for that company.(In objective don't mention I want to and all this. It should be something like Seek an opportunity in such and such field)

Then comes your educational qualification. It should mentioned from the recent degree to the oldest courses. There should be the name of the course, Name of the collage, Name of the university and your percentage.

Then comes your projects or internship jobs.
For project put the project name and it was with which company. Than mention what was the goal of the project and what you have done on that project, What role you have played. There should not be more than 2 - 3 bullet points.

and that's it.

Wish you all the very best.

Your answer was so informative. Thank you! I appreciate your time. Vera L.
You are most welcome. Sabyasachi Banerjee
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Sudhakar’s Answer


The points which was shared by sabyasachi is helpful.

Your resume (sometimes called your "CV") is your most important tool when applying for a job. It doesn't matter how qualified you are, or how much experience you have - if your resume is poorly presented or badly written, you're going to have trouble getting the job you want - or even an interview.

Taking the time to work on your resume is really important. The information on the below link offers some tips and advice on how to make your resume the best it can be. Introduction

Hope this help you.

All the Best..!!

Hi Sudhakar B, Thanks so much! That was a very helpful link :) Vera L.
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Sharon’s Answer

Great question! When people review a resume, they are looking for if you are a fit based on your experience and based on any personality that your resume might show. Resumes are often submitted alongside a cover letter (a letter to the hiring manager highlighting info on your resume and providing extra context that your resume doesn't include) that is specific to the job you're applying for.

Your resume should include:

- Your name and basic contact info (email, phone number, and potentially address)

- Your school, any programs you've taken, any awards you've won, or skills that would be beneficial for the job you're applying for

- Any volunteering or interests that you do in your free time that are work-appropriate and reflect your personality and show you have a life outside of work

Some additional tips on your resume presentation:
- Proofread everything
- Use active verbs that show what you've done at previous jobs or through school projects
- If you've done work or projects, try to highlight measurable outcomes (e.g. instead of "Helped on a group project for a science fair", you could be more specific in what you owned and did
- Don't put too much text, try to be concise
- Consider tailoring your resume to each employer so that it's relevant
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Steve’s Answer

Philosophically, your resume should explain how you can solve a PROBLEM for your potential employer. I can't tell you the number of discussions I've had with people who can explain how the job benefits the employee but no one is hired because they need a job. It's basic Econ 101. You're hired to solve a problem for your employer. So what problem does your employer have and how can you help solve it? That's what you should be communicating in your resume and cover letter.

Think of your resume as an advertisement for YOU.

Apple doesn't say, "We want you to buy an iPhone because sales are down and we want more money." Instead they say, "With iPhone's superior camera, you can create memories."

What value do your bring?

For more on this, see When the Product is YOU at

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Simeon’s Answer

Start out by using one of the templates you can find online or is already in your word document software. The best you can do with no experience is to list any classes or clubs that you've been in and put bullet points under your education and club experience to explain some of the specific skills that are relevant to the job you're applying for.